Dustin Youngmoo Baek, a Korean student at UCO, said the university has been a good fit for him because it gave him a chance to connect with American culture.
Baek, a finance major, came to the United States after he was rejected by the university of his choice in South Korea. He initially considered trying to get into a college in Los Angeles, but he found the city distracting. And he said the Korean population is big enough there that it kept him from experiencing a culture that was different from his own.
“I didn't really feel like I was in America,” he said.
After he got past some confusion about cultural differences — tipping, for example, doesn't exist in South Korea — Baek came to feel welcome at UCO. He thinks Oklahoma has given him a better idea of American culture, and he's found it easier to focus on his studies without the distractions of a city the size of Los Angeles.
“I really like it,” he said. “It's been good.”